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Timeline: Countdown of Typhoon Haiyan’s Arrival

I was there when Supertyphoon Yolanda wreaked havoc and destruction in November 2014. This is a countdown compilation footage of the event, hours before it was to land in our province, and during the height of the typhoon itself.

I was there when Supertyphoon Yolanda wreaked havoc and destruction in November 2014. This is a countdown compilation footage of the event, hours before it was to land in our province, and during the height of the typhoon itself. Read More…
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Taking a bath in the Philippines

Nowhere is the positive Filipino spirit more demonstrated than when there is interruption of basic services. Like for example: water disruption. A service that’s basic as that can drive many people insane if its availability is intermittent and unannounced—it certainly would on me. But my family here has taught me to be resilient—to deal with it—and not get stressed out about things not going according my way; for example, like wanting to take a bath after a very hot and humid day and finding out that there’s no water flowing out from the faucets. Read More…
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Sunset in Cebu

Is it just me or are sunsets much more vivid and intense the closer it is to the equator? Because the interplay of colors that is on display in the horizon every afternoon is just breathtaking. They say that our town San Remigio is the best place to watch sunset in Cebu. Well, I’m not surprised. When the conditions are such, sunsets here are almost like the Aurora Borealis - Polar lights that appear in the sky. Maybe we take this as a sign for our upcoming Arctic adventure next year. Read More…
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My favourite Filipino dishes

I'm asked very often by locals about my favourite Filipino dishes - dishes that I've tasted over the past 9 months here in the Philippines. From all the food I've tasted, some clearly stood out as winners.  It’s no coincidence that some of the first Bisayan phrases I learned include “Lami kaayo!” (meaning “Very yummy!”). So here I present to you my personal "Lami kaayo" list: Read More…